Geronimo is a voyage of self-discovery. Student crew members discover the joys and challenges of life aboard a 69-foot cutter as they sail along one leg of a tour that in 2017-18 will take the boat along the eastern coast of the U.S., from Rhode Island to the Bahamas and back. As they live, learn and explore together, classmates discover what it truly means to be a crew.
We made it to Rimouski and earned every mile that we traveled to the west to get here. The Geronimo crew has now sailed in nearly every sailing condition from favorable beam reaches and runs to no wind at all to current and wind both on the nose. For this past transit we were stuck with the latter. Luckily we only had 400 nm to go and nearly a week to do it. We pulled into the Rimouski Marina at 0900 Friday morning.
Today we took time to stretch our legs and spend some time in the forest at Parc Du Bic National park. Here we hiked to the highest point of the park and enjoyed fantastic views of the Seaway. Mac, Kenta and Vivian led the pack to the top, reaching the viewing platform first. On our way back to Geronimo we stopped at the supermarket for our last provisioning run of the voyage. With one more transit still ahead of us we are turning our sights to Quebec City and the challenge of navigating the St. Lawrence River, famous for its dynamic currents. Tomorrow afternoon the students will learn how to use tidal reference stations and a tidal atlas so they can best decide when and where we should be traveling in the river.
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